Sunday School Attendance

A PUPIL in a Christian Science Sunday School who was looking forward to a school examination with a sense of apprehension and fear was reminded by the teacher that, since God is infinite Mind, all wisdom, intelligence, understanding—was that was necessary for his passing of this examination—was already supplied; that the intelligence, he needed to solve every problem was already his by reflection; that no aggressive suggestion of fear could separate him from the Mind which is God. With what eagerness and joy this pupil came to Sunday school the following Sunday with the information that through his realization of the truth that God is the only Mind all fear had disappeared, and he had received a perfect grade!

As we are obedient to God's laws, we are enabled to bring about right results in our affairs. Parents should encourage in their children the natural desire for good which comes from study of the Bible Lessons and attendance at Sunday school; and through the parents' influence in persistently pointing the right way children will of themselves learn to overcome any stubborn resistance to the truth which may tempt them. It is by gentle persuasion and perseverance that this is accomplished. It should be remembered, however, that obedience is imperative; and parents having the welfare of their children at heart should teach them obedience. Mrs. Eddy calls specific attention to this need in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," where she says (P.236): "Children should obey their parents; insubordination is an evil, blighting the buddings of self-government. Parents should teach their children at the earliest possible period the truths of health and holiness. Children are more tractable than adults, and learn more readily to love the simple verities that will make them happy and good."

The material senses present many allurements to distract children from this all-important study. Therefore, parents should not agree with any aggressive suggestion of evil which permits the neglect of studying the Lessons that supply the spiritual needs, and of attendance at Sunday school, any more than they should permit the neglect of the daily school lessons or daily school attendance. Children quickly grasp and readily accept the truth, and soon learn to apply it in working out their problems; and through the daily study of the Bible Lessons and attendance at Sunday school are laid the very foundations of the understanding which equips them for greater and higher activity in later years.

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October 15, 1932

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